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Friday, May 24, 2013

Welcome to the Family by Caroline F Levy: Author Interview

Welcome to the tour for Welcome To The Family! A debut vampire novel by Caroline F Levy, it’s out now at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and Moon Rose Publishing. Why not check out a little more about the book below?

“Do you believe in things that go bump in the night?”

At only a few hours old, Angela is left on the steps of St Paul’s church. Alone in the world, the only link she has to her past is a pink blanket bearing an emblem with two crossed swords and a snake.

A troubled childhood spent in orphanages leads to Angela attempting to rebuild her shattered life as an adult. Meeting the priest who found her eighteen years previously, she gets a job and a boyfriend, and settles into her new life.

Until she meets Jack.

Drawn to her new boss, she throws herself into work, feeling an unusual bond with people she hasn’t known very long.

Angela becomes embroiled in this new life, feeling a change within herself. A change which isn’t altogether human. Within this change she finds a terrifying secret…a secret which involves her past, her present, and definitely her future…

And now, check out Lana's interview with Caroline!

*Hi Caroline! Thanks so much for doing an interview with us!
*waves* Hi Mel, Lana, and all your lovely readers, I’m pleased to be here :)

*Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Yorkshire with my daughter and five, yes five cats  I have work nights in a print room which comes in handy as I have daylight hours for writing. Apart from writing I love to craft, I am a card maker mainly, if you get a card from me, guaranteed its hand crafted. I also love to bake, as my larger than life butt will attest to lol. Walking is a good pastime, especially as I like eating the cakes I bake  I will often have my camera to hand, although I would say I am more of a Saturday snapper than a photographer. I would love to write fulltime, but for now I have the bug, so no matter what, you will never catch me out and about without my tablet, or at least a notebook and pen. These pesky characters bug you at the most inconvenient time’s lol.

*What inspired you to write Welcome to the Family?
Welcome to the family started as a very short story for an assignment I was completing. The outline was, tell us about your first day at a new job. Angela was born in this short piece. Looking back, it was terrible lol I just can’t write short stories.

*Do you have a favorite author? Do you think they influenced you in your writing?

Laurel K Hamilton is my hero, her puppy piles are fabulous lol, her writing is captivating, and I am always sucked into the world of Anita. I have been known to sit and read her books from beginning to end, with the minimum of sleep. I would say she has been a big influence on my writing. She sealed the deal of loving the paranormal genre.

*When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I have wanted to write in forever. I can remember being about ten and there was a competition at school. We all had to have a go at writing a new school song. Each year had to make up a different verse, with one being picked for each year. I was the one picked for my year. Was very pleased with myself lol.

*If you were stranded on an island with any literary character ever written, who would you want to be with and why?

Hmm… That is such a hard question to answer, I have so many to chose from 0_0

If I have to choose it would be… Jean Claude, from the Anita Blake series, and why? He’s a handsome vampire with a bucket load of charisma, who can hold his own on a dance floor, and he is intelligent with a sharp sense of humor to boot. I mean… perfection lol

*Mel and I have a weakness for really good cheesecake. Is there a dessert you just can’t say no to?

Chocolate Gateau … Sorry was lost drooling to myself. Give me a slice of choccy cake and I am one happy girly lol add in a cup of coffee to go with it and I am totally lost… in heaven ;)

*Can you tell us a bit of what’s next for you?

I am working on Nikki’s Revenge a paranormal novel, werewolves should be out late this summer and then I will be straight back into the family saga with Protecting the Family. Out by the end of the year all being well. There are other books in the pipeline but they will be in 2014. It’s full steam ahead :)
It’s been a blast girl’s :) I hope you all enjoy Welcome to the family as much as I loved writing it. Toodles for now :)

About The Author

I was born in Chatham, Kent in 1970. I now live in Yorkshire with my daughter and our five mad cats.

My first memories of any book would have been my mother reading The Enormous Turnip. It must have driven her mad, as it was always our first choice when asked what we should read tonight.

I grew up with the classics; Little Women, The Railway Children, but it would have been The House That Died and Bluebeard that I remember wanting to read.

I can remember writing a verse for the school song, and being chosen as a winner for what was then 3rd year juniors. I stopped reading so much in my late teens to my mid twenties. Life seemed to always be too busy for that pile of books I so wanted to read. It was when I went into hospital to have my daughter, that I had time to read again--and thankfully I haven’t stopped since.

However, it wasn’t until my late twenties that I realised I wanted to write. I have spent a few years trying to complete an online creative writer’s course; without much success, but it led me to what I am writing now. So never give up if you really want to write!

I am very influenced by Fantasy fiction / Horror, most of the books I read are in this genre. I have many Authors I like to follow; Anne Rice was very influential in the beginning. I also discovered Laurel K Hamilton and many, many more. I could go on about different Authors I like to read. However, I will say that this year I have also discovered there are literally, well, probably thousands of very talented Indie Authors out there. And a very welcoming and friendly bunch they are too, but I digress--yes, I get very excited about the subject of books!

I have finished my first novel called Welcome To The Family, which will be published April 29th 2013. I also have other novels in the pipeline, Nikki’s Revenge and Protecting The Family, due out later in the year.

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